Popular Culture Review Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer 2017 - Page 68

“Beckett.” Castle made it a habit to bring her one every morning. Castle told her that he brought the coffee just to see her smile (“Always” 4.23). When he doesn't bring coffee, it is a sign their relationship was in trouble. When Beckett refused the coffee, it signaled she was angry. With the maturing of their relationship, Beckett sometimes brought Castle coffee. In one episode Castle drank his coffee in a Castle mug. In several episodes, a cop told Castle he couldn’t bring a cup of coffee onto a crime scene. Castle always did it anyway, and got away with it. A handshake is a ritual of greeting and acceptance. Between Castle and Beckett it became much more, especially when they hide their relationship from the rest of the precinct. There was a particularly sensuous one in “Secrets Safe with Me” (5.3). Castle held out his hand for a handshake. “This is me, softly touching your face, pulling you in for a long slow kiss.” Beckett shook his hand while rubbing her thumb on the back of his hand. “And this is me, kissing you back, running my hands through your hair.” Castle enthusiastically exclaimed, “Best handshake ever” (5.3). The ritual of sitting on a playground swing set meant it was time for Beckett and Castle to have a serious talk. "Rise” (4.1) concluded with the couple sitting on a swing set. She held a copy of Castle’s latest novel. The fourth season finale "Always" (4.23) ended with Beckett on a swing contemplating her resignation from the NYPD, and near death, before returning to Castle's apartment and declaring her love for him. Castle proposed to Beckett on the swing set in “Valkyrie” (6.1). In a funny poignant moment, Beckett acted confused. She thought Castle was breaking up with her. Instead he offered her a ring. Castle told her, “You do know how this works, right?” (6.1). The swings returned in “Hollander's Woods” (7.23) when the two discussed the possibility of her running for state senate. A “trope” is a commonly recurring literary device that means something more than its literal meaning. The writers of the series enjoyed playing with tropes about murders dealing with vampires, haunted houses, alien abductions, science fiction conventions and cosplay (TvTropes). When rescuing Castle, Beckett greeted him with the reoccurring phrase, “I'm so glad you're okay." The words meant Beckett was concerned and cared about his well-being. In "A Chill Goes Through Her Veins" (1.5) Castle remarked that "good night" is boring, while "until tomorrow" is more hopeful. When their commitment was solid, "see you tomorrow" is the line they used. When either was dissatisfied with the relationship, they said, "good night." 63